Cat amulet

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Amulets case
Object Type
Jewellery, Amulet
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
Egypt, Abydos
Height: 12mm | Width: 6mm | Depth: 7mm
Number of Elements

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One of two faience cat amulets, probably from Abydos. These objects were gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the Egypt Exploration Fund/Society, who received the objects in 1903. Subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997. Two kitten amulets were found a New Kingdom burial context at Abydos, although they do not match this pair (see Ayrton, Currelly and Weigall 'Abydos III, p49' and plate XVI, 7). Margaret Murray dated them from the Twenty-sixth or Thirtieth Dynasties.


Andrews, Carol 1994. Amulets of ancient Egypt. London: The British Museum Press. Ayrton, E. R., C. T. Currelly, and A. E. Weigall 1904. Abydos III. Memoir of the Egypt Exploration Fund 25. London: Egypt Exploration Fund; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.

Other Identity
AB50 (split into a & b numbers) | 14 or 15 (Margaret Murray list)
Previous Owners
Egypt Exploration Society | John Bancroft Willans (1881–1957) | University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Gift, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (24 Mar 1997)
Last modified: 02 Nov 2020

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